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Armenians From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars

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ISBN-10: 0231139268

ISBN-13: 9780231139267

Edition: 2006

Authors: Razmik Panossian, Michael J. Dwyer

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The Armenians traces the evolution of Armenia and Armenian collective identity from its beginnings to the Armenian nationalist movement over Gharabagh in 1988. Applying theories of national-identity formation and nationalism, Razmik Panossian analyzes different elements of Armenian identity construction and argues that national identity is modern, predominantly subjective, and based on a political sense of belonging. Yet he also acknowledges the crucial role of history, art, literature, religious practice, and commerce in preserving the national memory and shaping the cultural identity of the Armenian people. Panossian explores a series of landmark events, among them Armenians' first attempts at liberation, the Armenian renaissance of the nineteenth century, the 1915 genocide of the Ottoman Armenians, and Soviet occupation. He shows how these influences led to a "multilocal" evolution of Armenian identity in various places in and outside of Armenia, notably in diasporan communities from India to Venice. Today, these numerous identities contribute to deep divisions and tensions within the Armenian nation, the most profound of which is the cultural divide between Armenians residing in their homeland and those who live in the United States, Canada, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Considering the diversity of this single nation, Panossian questions the theoretical assumption that nationalism must be homogenizing. Based on extensive research conducted in Armenia and the diaspora, including interviews and translation of Armenian-language sources, The Armenians is an engaging history and an invaluable comparative study.
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/27/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 492
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Razmik Panossian is the director of programmes and policy at Rights and Democracy in Canada.

He practices architecture & interior design in New York City & elsewhere. He has written on the history of American architecture for Traditional Building & The Classicist.

The initial building blocks : from the 'beginning of time' to the 17th century
Merchants, diasporan communities, and liberation attempts : the 17th to the 19th century
A multilocal awakening : the consolidation and radicalisation of collective identity in the 19th century
Revolutionary parties and genocide, independence and Sovietisation : late 19th and early 20th centuries
Differing identities : Soviet armenians, diaspora armenians, 1921-87
Strengthening national identity, Soviet style, 1921-87
Conclusion : a multilocal nation continues